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Free Paper Marbling Lesson in Florence, Italy

Free Paper Marbling Lesson in Florence, Italy

While traipsing through the streets of Florence, I discovered Il Papiro, a hand-decorated paper company founded in Florence in 1976. At the shop, they teach paper marbling, a technique that results in the creation of a gorgeous paint application to paper that is perfect for gift wrapping, wallpaper, posters, book and album covers and even stationary.

What Mad Men Can Teach Us about Travel Agents

What Mad Men Can Teach Us about Travel Agents

In last week’s episode of “Mad Men,” Betty Francis (January Jones) catches up with her old friend, Francine Hanson (Anne Dudek). For a profession that many claim has been totally reinvented because of the Internet, there's quite a few things we can learn from Francine, who makes Betty jealous with her description of her career.

Getting a Piece of the Music Festival Pie

Getting a Piece of the Music Festival Pie

It seems that as the number of music festivals increases, the interest in attending these festivals increases as well — so much so that you could even describe the process as competitive. For the right travel agent — one who has developed connections in the music industry as well as in hotels, transportation and more — music festivals can be a lucrative niche.

Carnival's Warm Chocolate Melting Cake Recipe

Carnival's Warm Chocolate Melting Cake Recipe

In the span of two days, I managed to eat three servings of Carnival’s famous warm chocolate melting cake — that means I ate one serving before lunch time. In my defense, I had just learned how to make the chocolate cake in a private tutorial with the kitchen staff.

Dos and Don'ts at Taiwan’s Night Markets

Dos and Don'ts at Taiwan’s Night Markets

A veteran of Taipei’s famous Shilin Night Market, my Taiwanese friend and night market guide, Evan, always goes caffeinated and prepared, clearly imagining his culinary targets and manifesting them like some sort of street-food-spirit-guru.

Working With A Travel Agent Is Still Fun

Working With A Travel Agent Is Still Fun

In the travel industry, we talk a lot about the relevance of travel agents — how they work hard and how they offer a significant service. This is an important message to get across and helps quell myriad misconceptions about what travel agents do, and how they do it. What often gets underrepresented, however, is how fun working with the right travel agent can be — no matter your age, or your level of travel industry know-how.

Tahini-Filled Falafel Exists

Tahini-Filled Falafel Exists

Whether I am at home or abroad, I love meandering through local food markets to see what the local hands and soil can come up with, and how the local chefs think. Israel’s markets (shuks) are among the world’s best, offering samples of traditional Mediterranean specialties in addition to local novelties inspired by the country’s range of cultures, people and religions.

Eating Japanese Rice On A Stick

Eating Japanese Rice On A Stick

Popsicles, lollipops, corndogs and, as I learned recently in Japan, rice are among the foods that are best served on a stick. Kiritanpo is a local dish found mainly in the Akita Prefecture. Like other Japanese foods, Kiritanpo is simple, traditional and not fussy — the harmony of its flavors and the warming process of making it turn it into an unexpected comfort food.